Jimmie Lee’s Location

According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Moultrie, Georgia, was founded in 1859 and is the Colquitt County seat.

We find Jimmie Lee JOHNSON in “Moultrie Town” at age four, in a home his father is listed as owning in the 1900 U.S. Census. Jimmie’s older sister Geta is also listed in this Census; at some point there may have been two other children, one named Carrie Belle.

Following are clues and facts that are useful in thinking about what sources to use in a location guide to track Jimmie Lee across the Florida-Georgia line.

The first clue is a name my mother always brings up: “Aunt Thomasina.” We will look at Aunt Thomasina later on; after years of ignoring her, she will prove to be key.

Facts from the 1900 U.S. Census include: Father Thara is a brick mason and owns a home; the enumeration district includes Militia District 1151; Jimmie’s birthdate is listed as 1895, although we have recorded 1896; Grandfather Josiah lives in Hartsfield, Ga., about ten miles west.

Based on the 1900 Census, we will be use Colquitt County as our main location and look for materials and records that cover this area. Based on the information about “Aunt Thomasina,” who may or may not have run a boarding house in Lakeland, Florida, we will also be pointing to some resources in and around that area. Later we move to Hillsborough County, Florida, where Jimmie Lee lived from the 1930s to his death.

Revisiting Jimmie Lee

My notes are sketchy, many from years of fast and loose online searching.

Jimmie Lee Johnson was born in the vicinity of Moultrie, Colquitt County, Georgia, in 1895/1896. He is listed as four years old in the 1900 U.S. Census, living “in town” with one sister and his parents.

The 1900 U.S. Census record is something discovered many years ago when first using the Ancestry databases; I’m not sure I would’ve sought out help or known how to find any of these records if not for the Internet and its zig zagging way of connecting materials. (The past few years are the ones in which I’ve begun to learn better about how to look at a Census sheet and find the clues throughout.)

It was many moons before I really took a look at Jimmie – a sort of ongoing discussion of “finding” my mother’s father has taken up many telephone calls between us. My mom, now 78, doesn’t nor has ever travelled well and doesn’t use the Internet, so this project is something that I’ve taken over in that way that daughters do.

In truth, I didn’t plan to pursue this line because of the common name and the seemingly dead end in the middle, but here I sit mulling over these sketchy notes and giving them some semblance of order.

Searching for Jimmie Lee

This post is to show my work for a genealogy group in which I’m participating. My mom has never been sure where my grandfather was after his mother died, reportedly from tuberculosis, until he met my grandmother some 20 or more years later; they married “late in life” for the time period. Here are his movements.

JOHNSON, Jimmie Lee

Objective: To find Jimmie (James) Lee JOHNSON’s places of residence between 1918 and 1939. He was born 14 Oct 1896 in Colquitt Co., Georgia; married Mary Etta (Henrietta) NELSON 10 Feb. 1938 in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., FL; and died 20 Nov 1960 in Tampa.


1896 Oct 14: Born in Colquitt Co., Ga.
1900 July 10: Moultrie Town, Colquitt Co., in U.S. Census
1910: Unknown
1918 June 5: Cairo, Ga., draft registration
1918 July 30: Cairo, Ga., via Navy WWI service card
1918 July 30: Cairo, unemployed brick mason (service card)
1920: Unknown
1923 April: Lakeland, Fl., Polk’s City Directory
1930: Unknown
1934-35: Possibly Dover, Hillsborough Fl., as per his nephew Frank
1939, Nov. 11: Marriage in Tampa, Hillsborough Co., Fl.
1940: Child born, Jacksonville, Duval Co., Fl.
1944: Child born, Hillsborough Co., Fl.
1951-52: Tampa
1960 Nov. 29: Died at home, Tampa, Fl.


1900 United States Federal Census. Moultrie, Colquitt, Georgia. Roll T623_189, Page 48A, Enumeration District 26. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. Retrieved from Ancestry.com. Image No. 49. Online.

Death Certificate for Jimmie Johnson, 1 Dec. 1960, File No. 042769, Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics. Certified copy issued 13 Jan. 2017. Print.

Draft Registration for Jimmie Lee Johnson, 5 June 1918, United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Colquitt Co., Ga., Roll No. 1557018. Retrieved from U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Ancestry.com, Image No. 96. Online.

Francis “Frank” Gilliard. Conversation Notes, 4 June 2000, Dover, Fl. Personal notes.

Marriage Record for Jimmie Lee Johnson and Mary E. Nelson, 10 Feb. 1939, Marriage Records. Florida Marriages. Various sources. Retrieved from Florida, County Marriage Records, 1823-1982, Ancestry.com, Film No. 001903247, Image No. 1088. Online.

R.L. Polk & Co., Lakeland and Polk County Directory, 1923-1924, page 160. Retrieved from U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, Ancestry.com, Image No. 78. Online.

Service Card for Jimmie Lee Johnson, 30 July 1918, Georgia Adjutant General’s Office. World War I Statements of Service Cards. Georgia State Archives, Morrow. Retrieved from Georgia, World War I Service Cards, 1917-1919, Ancestry.com. Image No. 1340. Online.